Market surveillance

Market surveillance for medicinal products


Swissmedic records safety signals associated with medicinal products, vaccines, labile blood products and veterinary medicines based on reports of adverse drug reactions (ADR) from within Switzerland. If the investigations confirm a new risk, Swissmedic initiates the necessary measures.

Swissmedic's tasks also include the assessment of international data on the safety of medicines.


Market monitoring

Swissmedic records quality defects in medicinal products and takes the necessary measures. Depending on the potential risk of the defect in question, a batch recall or a circular for healthcare professionals is necessary.

Swissmedic receives reports on illegal products, activities and illegal imports of medicines - particularly illegal distribution - examines them and, if necessary, initiates measures.

Swissmedic also controls and monitors the advertising of medicinal products.

Quality defects

Veterinary medicines

Medical devices


Incidents involving medical devices that are classed as serious and occur in Switzerland must be reported to Swissmedic.

Medical devices: report serious incidents